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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late May-mid Jul.

Forewing: 3.5-4.5mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded188920021889
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records653136
Number of individuals813168
Unique positions41286
Unique locations34272
Adult records483102
Immature records306

For the region, we have a total of 136 records from 72 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.


0417 Argyresthia spinosella 02
© Paul Harris
0417 Argyresthia spinosella 01
© Tom Morris

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